Coast Guard medevacs man 20 miles off Hatteras, NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 65-year-old man off a pleasure craft approximately 20 miles east of Hatteras, N.C., Saturday.

A member aboard the Reel Therapy, a 25-foot pleasure craft, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 8:15 a.m., via VHF-FM channel 16, reporting that a passenger aboard the vessel was unconscious.

Crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth City, N.C., an HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Elizabeth City and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet with two emergency medical services personnel from Hatteras, N.C., launched to assist.

The MLB crew transferred the patient onto their vessel, and the aircrew hoisted the man into the helicopter and took him to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C.

“The Coast Guard boatcrew transferred the man onto their vessel, which provided a better platform for us to conduct our hoist from,” said Lt. Jeremy Denning, the Jayhawk aircraft commander from Air Station Elizabeth City. “The EMS personnel aboard the boatcrew were able to assess the patient’s condition and provide initial care until our rescue swimmer was able to take over from within the helicopter.”

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